Lasallian educational institutions

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Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Brothers and Patron Saint of all teachers

Lasallian educational institutions [1] are educational institutions affiliated with the De La Salle Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious teaching order founded by French Priest Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, who was canonized in 1900 and proclaimed by the Vatican in 1950 as patron saint of all teachers. In regard to their educational activities the Brothers have since 1680 also called themselves "Brothers of the Christian Schools", associated with the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; [2] they are often referred to by themselves and others by the shorter term "Christian Brothers", [3] [4] a name also applied to the unrelated Congregation of Christian Brothers or Irish Christian Brothers, [5] [6] also providers of education, which commonly causes confusion. [7]

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In 2021 the International Lasallian Mission Web site stated that the Lasallian order consists of about 3,000 Brothers, who help in running over 1,100 education centers in 80 countries with more than a million students, together with 90,000 teachers and lay associates. [8]

Short prayers are recited in Lasallian educational institutions during the school day: [9]

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!
Live Jesus, in our hearts! Forever!

The US-based La Salle International Foundation, which supports global educational and other networks of the De La Salle Brothers, say on their Web site that they sponsor educational projects and support schools in 80 countries; and that they give special attention to youth at risk, including those "educationally excluded, street children, orphans, victims of child abuse, drug addicts, disabled youth, individuals with mental illness, migrant and refugee youth, HIV+ and AIDS children, child victims of war, juvenile offenders, child laborers, victims of child trafficking, ethnic minorities, disadvantaged girls, and impoverished children". [10]

Since the 1980s increasing numbers of cases of sexual and physical abuse of children, covered up by authorities, in institutions of the Catholic Church [11] and others [12] have been reported. Cases of physical and sexual abuse of children in Lasallian educational institutions, and failure to investigate, report, and subsequently protect children have been investigated and admitted. [13] [12]

Africa

Benin

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Chad

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Guinea

Ivory Coast

Kenya

Madagascar

Mozambique

Escola Joao XXIII, Beira, Sofala

Niger

L.E.P. Issa Béri in Niamey

Nigeria

Rwanda

Académie De La Salle in Byumba École d’Art in Gisenyi

Senegal

Collège Saint Charles Lwanga, Ziguinchor

South Africa

South Sudan

Sudan

Togo

Asia

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Israel and Palestine

Israel

Jerusalem

Palestine: West Bank

Japan

Jordan

Lebanon

Malaysia

(Note: The Lasallian Education Mission in Malaysia cites 44 schools in total) [17]

Myanmar

Former Lasallian schools; no longer affiliated

Pakistan

Philippines

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Vietnam

Europe

Austria

Vienna

Belgium

France

In France, the Brothers of the Christian schools run 68 primary schools, 92 middle schools, 53 general high schools and 47 vocational high schools, including:

Greece (4)

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Jersey

Malta

Poland

Slovakia

Spain

Turkey

United Kingdom

North and Central America

From north to south, alphabetical within US:

Canada

Ontario

United States

Arizona

California

Colorado

District of Columbia

Florida (1)

Illinois

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

New Jersey

closed 6/30/2017*Queen of Peace High School, in North Arlington

New Mexico

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Mexico

Honduras

Nicaragua

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Panama

Oceania

Australia

Former Lasallian schools in Australia

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

South America

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Ecuador

Paraguay

Perú

Venezuela

Sexual abuse cases

There have been a number of cases of institutional sexual and physical abuse of children, many over a period of several decades, in Lasallian educational institutions in several countries. Several are described, with references, in a section of the article on De La Salle Brothers. Branches of the De La Salle Brothers admitted to these cases, and issued apologies publicly and to victims. The Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in its report on physical and sexual abuse at the De La Salle Boys' Home at Rubane House considered "the extent and frequency of the abuse was such that it was systemic" and that "the [La Salle] Order's failings to properly investigate allegations of sexual abuse and to properly report them to relevant authorities and its failure to take proper steps to protect children from further sexual abuse" amounted to "a systemic failure to take appropriate steps to ensure the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences involving abuse". [12]

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